Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece.
The man-versus-computer contest played out on Jeopardy last month resulted in a victory of artificial intelligence over human intelligence.
IBM is celebrating its centennial year, and the company’s supercomputer, Watson, demonstrated just how far computing technology has come. Its programmers built a machine that stumped the brightest minds, so hooray for technology!
Before I unleash upon you my annual mental challenge — Watson would not have fared so well with my 50 questions — I want to announce that at 7 p.m. on Monday, the annual Scholastic Bowl will be held at Glendale High School, pitting our high school’s four brightest kids against each other in a battle of the brains. I invite you all to come and see a group of our own 17- and 18-year-olds dazzle you with how much they know (and remind most of us how much we’ve forgotten).